A further increase in Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS) cases and related deaths has been reported since our last post in mid-July, as authorities in the provinces of Anhui and now Jiangsu again warn residents of the risk of infection from tick bites. Read more
Advice for travellers
SFTS causes symptoms including high fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, blood abnormalities and multiple organ failure. There is no effective vaccine and deaths rates among those infected can be as high as 30 percent. Read more about SFTS in China.
Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.